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Brewed by Brouwerij Het Anker
Style: Belgian Strong Ale
Mechelen, Belgium

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RATINGS: 701   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.54   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
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COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Bottle; Unfiltered.
Also available from Wetherspoons in casks.
"This full-tasting, but deceptively drinkable, amber ale has a good fruitiness and a nice hop edge which tempers the caramellised malt. It is clean and precise, within an almost perfect balance of Challenger and Goldings hops.
The recipe has its origin in the 14th century. The present version is a little more heavy and contains more hops. The balance between the different malts, the fine hops and typical tastes of spices creates a perfect harmony between the powerful taste of brown beers and the freshness of the blond beers. This fresh aromatic and pithy light-brown drink can be served cool.


3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
fonefan (34188) - VestJylland, DENMARK - APR 2, 2008
Draught @ <a href=http://ratebeer.com/events-detail.asp?eventID target=_new> Zythos Bier Festival 2008, Sint Niklaas, Belgium. Clear medium amber color with a large, frothy, good lacing, mostly lasting, light beige head. Aroma is moderate malty, roasted, caramel, moderate hoppy, moderate yeasty, toffee. Flavor is moderate to light heavy sweet and moderate bitter with a average to long duration. Body is medium, texture is oily, carbonation is soft. (020308)

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
yespr (30631) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - OCT 19, 2007
UPDATED: NOV 19, 2008 33 cL bottle. Pours hazy/muddy orange to brown with a colapsing off-white head. Metallic malty, spiced and yeasty aroma. Classic belgian carbonated mouthfeel. Flavour has some dried plum, raisin and figs in a sweet malty flavoured blend. There are classic belgian yeast notes too. A minor metallic note can be sensed in the beginning but disappears again. Finish has a mild bitterness and is dominated by dried fruit notes and a minor herbal note.6-3-7-3-13=3.2

From cask at Edward Wylie. Pours clear and golden amber with a small off-white head. Aroma is mild bubblegum and wheet. Solid malty, yeasty and slight spiced. Sweet and yeasty fruity to a mild spice note into the finish. Classic Belgian with an English cask touch. Not sure it does the beer any good though.6-3-7-3-13=3.2

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Ungstrup (29018) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - OCT 27, 2005
An amber beer with a huge slightly pink head. The aroma is spicy and hoppy - I pick up coriander, figs, and oranges. The flavor is sweet woody with a herbal note mixing in with som fruit, where I pick out oranges. The mouthfeel is very smooth, and the end woody dry.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Papsoe (25090) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - JUN 8, 2007
(Bottle 75 cl) Pours a hazy, warm nutty brown with an off-white head. Aroma of fruit, caramel, diacetyl and alcohol. Fairly full-bodied, some roasted malt and fruit. But this really lacks some complexity to rise above mediocracy. 110507

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
joergen (20486) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - MAR 21, 2006
Bottle. Cloudy orange coloured with a lacing off white head. Sweet aroma of malts, caramel and fruits with notes of spices. Sweet flavour of malts, caramel and fruits.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
oh6gdx (20216) - Vasa, FINLAND - JUN 8, 2007
Bottled. Deep amber colour (almost pinkish towards light) with huge creamy, longlasting off-white head. Aroma is apple, caramel, fudge, slight yeast and sweet fruits. Flavour is leathery (probably the yeast in this case), hoppy and caramel malts. Hides the alcohol very well. Once it gets warm the caramellishness gets a twist towards fudge. Really nicely balanced.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
omhper (19187) - Tyresö, SWEDEN - MAR 7, 2009
Bottled. Cloudy ruby, rich head. Elegant fruity pear aroma. Medium sweet with rounded mouthfeel and mdium bodied. Well defined and solid, caramelly and lightly woody with harmonious late bitterness. Incredibly elegant and classy. I love it!

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
anders37 (16245) - Malmö, SWEDEN - MAR 26, 2006
Bottle. Hazy orange colour with a tan head. Malty fruity aroma with hints of caramel. Sweet malty and fruity flavor with some hints of spices. Sweet malty aftertaste.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
fiulijn (14290) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - AUG 8, 2007
UPDATED: JAN 8, 2009 <i>2008-11-05, Cask Conditioned at J.D. Wetherspoon - Goodman’s Field, London, 7-4-7-3-14=35</i>
Beautiful red to dark amber color; thin creamy head. It has a moderate malty and fruity aroma. Smooth mouthfeel, with a pleasant malt and caramel flavor, medium sweet. There is no alcohol sign, it doesn’t feel like 8% ABV. Surely more pleasant that in the bottle.

<i>2007-08-02, bottle, 6-3-6-3-13=31</i>
Beautiful amber color; creamy head. The aroma is sweet and malty. The flavor as well is quite sweet, with a mix caramel / malt, alcohol feeling and not much bitterness. Between booze and good.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
madmitch76 (14285) - , Essex, ENGLAND - JAN 24, 2010
4th November 2008. Crosse Keys. Clear amber brown beer. Thin head - low carbonation. Dry but not astringent. Sweet fruit and orange and a little peach/mango. Leads to a creamy caramel and then some spirity port tones. Complex and tasty.


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